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Five heritage homes where you can live like a local for a weekend

Visit Ballarat

15 Jun 2021

Filed underPlaces to Stay

A home away from home. A place where one is happy, relaxed and comfortable.

It’s what we all desire while we’re on holiday! So, to help you plan your next winter escape, we’ve pulled together a list of some of Ballarat’s cosiest stays.

The Californian Ballarat

This fully-renovated 1920’s Californian bungalow might retain its period charm on the outside, but step inside and it all about the luxury conveniences. 
A wood fire makes for a cosy getaway anytime of the year, and with a pet-friendly policy, it’s the type of home you’ll want to bring the whole family.


Looking for somewhere to cocoon this winter? Then stop your searching and take a look at the dreamy Battista. This restored church has some serious soul, and features all the luxuries you’d want on a weekend escape in winter. With a spacious king-sized bed, freestanding bath and a kitchen stocked with all sorts of goodies, you’ll want to extend your stay.

You’ll find Battista at 3 Dawson Street South.

Lascelles Terraces

Is there anything nicer than getting into a hot bath after a long day of exploring? If you’re someone who agrees, then you’re going to love the free-standing bath in The Mainstay. 
This residence is a perfect mix of bold design and historic charm – so whether you’re looking for shared accommodation to impressive your friends on a weekend away, or it’s a romantic escape that you have in-mind, put this at the top of your list.

Lyon House

For an extravagant weekend away look no further than Lyon House. Take a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool; run yourself a warming monsoon shower; find yourself in the library nook with a good book in-hand and vino in the other; settle in for the best night’s sleep in one of the three luxurious bedrooms; then wake to the smell of freshly-brewed coffee as you prepare to live it all again.

Woodhouse Ballarat

Couples looking for an entire cottage to themselves will find comfort in booking a weekend stay at this stylish cottage in the quiet neighbourhood of Soldiers Hill.

Seasoned renovators, Settler and Sons, have recently finished working on an exciting new project in Ballarat…


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.